I don’t know about you, but I have a secret love for veggie burgers. It all started in Denton at my favorite burger place of all time, LSA Burger. It’s where we celebrated my 21st birthday, and it’s the restaurant I ALWAYS ask to go to when we’re in Denton. They have some of the most delicious burgers I’ve ever had, and their veggie burger is at the top of my list. Now every time I go there, that’s what I order, and every time it’s amazing.
So when thinking of a fun lunch recipe for this week, naturally veggie burgers came to mind. I knew I would never be able to do a suitable copy cat version of the LSA one, but I incorporated some of the same flavors, and y’all… this burger is AMAZING. I’ve tried making black bean burgers before, but they never turned out the way I wanted. This time around I did some research, figured out the consistency I needed and methods to follow in order to have an A+ veggie burger. I am SO happy with how this one turned out! It’s moist, holds its shape, doesn’t crumble apart, and has some bright and bold flavors that I love. I know these burgers will be a regular lunch item to meal prep from now on.
During my “research” I found that a food processor was exactly what I needed in order to be successful with my burgers. This little machine ground up my beans, mixed all the veggies and other ingredients together, and saved me from all the trouble of hand smashing everything. #genius
The food processor helped my patty have enough moisture to hold together, and by pulsing it, I was able to keep some of the integrity of the carrots and zucchini, adding a variety of texture to my patty. The finishing touch was some mashed sweet potato that worked as a binder and added some vitamins and minerals to my burger. The final product: amazing.
For the flavor, I used some chipotles in adobo sauce, which is one of my favorite ways to add a little bit of spice and smokiness to my meals. With some cumin, paprika, onion powder, salt, and pepper, my burgers had the perfect southwestern style flavor that I LOVE.
When assembling my burger, I used some pita bread I picked up at Costco (the samples got me… shocker, right?!). I stuffed the pita with ricotta cheese, baby spinach and kale, and was good to go! These also work great on regular buns with some iceberg lettuce, tomato and cheese. It’s all up to you on the way you want to assemble your burger!
If you aren’t planning on eating all the patties in a week, they freeze really well, and will last up to 3 months in the freezer. Just pull ’em out of the freezer and either heat up in the microwave or toaster oven to enjoy right away, or let them defrost in the fridge to grab and go for lunch! These burgers are a great addition to your meal prep, that’s for sure.
I’ve always been inimidated to make my own veggie burger, but this looks pretty easy! Also pita + ricotta, that seems like a fun twist, even if you only have frozen burgers on hand. They are my easy peasy go to meal!
You should definitely try these out! They are so easy and not intimidating at all (because I was so scared before giving them a try!). And yes- the pita and ricotta were the icing on the burger ;)
This looks so delicious! I’ve been looking for a good veggie burger recipe and can’t wait to give this one a try. Thanks for sharing!
Thanks girl! They are seriously SO good, and I hope you like them!
I may try this without the breadcrumbs the next time I do the Whole Life Challenge. Sounds delicious and spicy!
Ohh good idea! You could probably use almond flour if that is something you have on the challenge. :)
I love a good burger and am exploring going the vegetarian route with them, for healthier options. Pinned so I can give this a try. What’s also great about it is sweet potato is one of the very few carbs that my waistline doesn’t have a problem with, so definitely gonna try this soon. I’m also looking into sweet potato pancakes. Ever tried them?
Yes! That’s one of the reasons I loved these burgers so much- they’re vegetarian and SUPER delicious. If you can eat eggs, a fried egg on top of a burger would make a DELICIOUS breakfast or lunch!
And I haven’t tried sweet potato pancakes before. That sounds so yummy… I’ll have to give them a try this week!
This looks yummy!!!
These look delicious! Good idea to freeze them! The recipes I’ve tried for homemade veggie burgers have been hit or miss. Thanks for sharing yours!
Thank you Sara! Hopefully this one isn’t a miss ;) I seriously made them two weeks in a row they were so good haha!
Love the idea of eating it in pita!! YUMM!! I love all the seasonings and veggies you used. It’s spicy and wonderful. Veggie burgers are my new go to, especially on Mondays. I am pinning and adding this to my recipes!
Oh yes! The seasonings in this burger are what made it so delicious! I love me a smoky spicy burger, and this one definitely hit the spot. Hope you give it a try soon:D
Ohh as a vegatarian, this sounds so good! love how you put it in a pita!
Thanks!! Glad you like it :) And girl, the pita was the perfect pairing for it! So so good.
I don’t think I’ve ever eaten a veggie burger, let alone tried to make one, but this does sound awesome!
Oh you should definitely give them a try! They are SO good, and great for meal prep. :) A fun way to mix it up a bit throughout the week.
im always looking for a really good homemade veggie burger…and just the way you explained it, i am sold.
Awesome!! So glad you like the burger, Dixya. :D
This seriously looks so yummy to me! I’m always looking for recipes to use my overindulgence of dried, black beans. ;)
Hahaha I LOVE beans (obviously), and they are perfect in this burger because of the smoky and spicy flavors in it. :)
I honestly had no idea what was in a veggie burger until now! LOL. I will need to try this one day!
How cool! This is honestly just one version of a veggie burger though… Lots have zucchini, carrots, etc and are bound with soy products. I personally prefer mine because I’m a sweet potato fanatic and love that smoky and spicy flavor!
Yum! Healthy and delicious. Can’t beat that :)
No you can’t!! I love food that is good for you and tastes amazing too. :)